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Old 11-11-2019, 10:16 PM   #1
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manually stabilizing smaller RV

I have a 2014 Thor Freedom Elite 22fe, small and lightweight, at least comparatively. Anyone have good experience with manual stabilizers for something smaller? Somebody once suggested that I attach to the rear bumper and drop from there. Anyone doing that? Any types or models of jacks work best? Do you get by with just rear jacks, or do you use 4 corners?

Any info would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-11-2019, 10:58 PM   #2
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How about 4 screw-jacks, and put them underneath the frame rails?
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:29 PM   #3
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How about 4 screw-jacks, and put them underneath the frame rails?
LOL, that sounded more like a question than an answer as well! Although, a question I had not asked myself either. Any experience with screw jacks?

There are a million options out there, I guess I'm trying to find someone that actually uses manual stabilizers on a small MH and thinks it's a good solution.
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Old 11-12-2019, 12:17 AM   #4
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For 12 years we had a 22' Gulfstream B+ ( class C without the cabover) and we never used any mechanical levelers. We leveled by driving up on blocks. For years as a kid I watched my father crawl around under his travel trailers leveling with a screw jacks, and I decided that was not for me. Mind you nothing wrong with a screw type jack, just seemed easier to this old fart to drive the MH up on blocks to level. Always carried a mixed bag of 2 x 12's for leveling. They stacked flat in the basement storage and when they got beat up you burned them and cut up a new set.
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Old 11-12-2019, 01:59 AM   #5
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We have some scissor jacks on our Axis. Mostly use the rears as the fronts aren't on a good part of the frame. Had a local shop weld them on.

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They do help a lot, especially at night, keeping the coach from bouncing when people walk around.
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Old 11-12-2019, 03:12 AM   #6
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Those look great Jamie, can they be run up and down with a bat drill?
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Old 11-12-2019, 12:28 PM   #7
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Those look great Jamie, can they be run up and down with a bat drill?
Yes I use a cordless drill with them frequently.
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:07 PM   #8
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That does look good! Thanks for the information, that certainly gives me a direction!
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Old 11-12-2019, 03:41 PM   #9
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Our old 1998 Thor class C had two screw jacks mounted on the rear frame rails. We never used them because the coach felt good just sitting on the suspension.
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Old 11-12-2019, 03:44 PM   #10
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Something like this: https://www.etrailer.com/Camper-Jack...BoCim4QAvD_BwE

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Old 11-13-2019, 01:58 AM   #11
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The jacks welded to the frame r sweeeeet
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:39 PM   #12
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We have a 24 ‘ Four Winds. I used regular sissor jacks. Just put under the rear bumper attaching points. Only jack up enough to put pressure on the coach, not actually lifting. This completely stopped the issue of movement whit walking inside..
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:30 PM   #13
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Wife and I have 2017 FE22. We don't "stabilize", but we do level. Leveling front to back and side to side are important. I assume by stabilize you want to eliminate subtle movement while you move around inside. We don't notice the subtle movement being a problem.


For leveling we use leveling blocks. We have a set for the front and a set for the back. I think it is important to support both of the tires in the dual set, thus the leveling blocks for the back. We sometimes run out of blocks, but we have always been close to level.
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Old 11-20-2019, 10:48 PM   #14
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I have a 2019 23FE that I have used extensively for the last year. I have not used any Jack's and have never needed them. I'm careful when parking and go for the most level area of the space. Might want to try with no leveling and see how it works. Love my 23fe. Enjoy!
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Old 11-21-2019, 02:09 AM   #15
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I have a 2014 Thor Freedom Elite 22fe, small and lightweight, at least comparatively. Anyone have good experience with manual stabilizers for something smaller? Somebody once suggested that I attach to the rear bumper and drop from there. Anyone doing that? Any types or models of jacks work best? Do you get by with just rear jacks, or do you use 4 corners?

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

I have a Thor Quantum GR22 same chassis as you. I have built in Electric stabilizers in the rear. They are just attached to frame and no reason you couldn't put manual scissor jacks there.
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:53 AM   #16
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I fitted 2 scissor jacks on the front of our Axis 25.2. They're on the chassis rails just in front of the door, great for levelling and taking pressure off the front suspension when parked up. I rarely need to level the rear as it always seems to sit a little higher than the front.
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:00 PM   #17
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I have a 5th wheel not a MH, but ours came with electric jacks front and back
still a lot of wiggle. So I added 4 screw jacks to the frame, 2 midway between
the front jack and front tires and the other two between the rear tires and the
rear electric jacks. Mine are bolted to the frame, not welded.
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Old 11-30-2019, 04:03 AM   #18
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I have a 2014 Thor Freedom Elite 22fe, small and lightweight, at least comparatively. Does anyone have good experience with manual stabilizers for something smaller? Somebody once suggested that I attach to the rear bumper and drop from there. Anyone doing that? Any types or models of jacks work best? Do you get by with just rear jacks, or do you use 4 corners?

Any info would be greatly appreciated!
I have a 2020 Thor Freedom Elite. On mine the back is high. I always have to use 3 blocks in the front to get it level. Thor said I could install the screw jacks to my unit. They must be on the mainframe of the vehicle, never on the coach. There is a u tube video that tells you how to get the locations.
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